The Philosopher’s Corner

This month’s Philosopher: Maria Whitman, WG’05
To learn more about Maria, click here.

Column Editor: Z. Colette Edwards, WG’84, MD’85
To learn more about Colette, click here.

 

 

Maria_Whitman.jpgLIFE LESSONS

If I knew then what I know now, I would have...

found the perspective earlier to look at and celebrate all I do vs. focusing on what I can’t do or get to. I would have uncovered sooner the confidence in my ability and capability to succeed under all the circumstances life brings.  

If I knew then what I know now, I would NOT have...

stepped as far away from some of the soul-satisfying things I love beyond my family, work, and friends… I would have kept singing and acting, learned more piano, painted more. I am slowly working them back in, particularly as my kids explore their interests, and it is a wonderful thing!

 

FAVORITE QUOTES

  1. “You are what you repeatedly do; excellence, then is a habit, not an act.”
    ~ Aristotle
  2. “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.”  ~ Albert Einstein 
  3. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky
  4. “Cherish the routine of the day.”
    ~ My mother, Margherita DeAngelis Whitman

 

RECOMMENDED READING

  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee  
    • A comprehensive look at the history and story of cancer, written with skill, empathy, and hope, and raising questions surrounding the war against it. 
  • Switch by Chip and Dan Heath 
    • One of my favorites from the Heath brothers. A nice easy-to-digest compilation and framework of individual change management ideas and examples that are useful in work and in life. Had the pleasure to do a master class with them on the topic years ago, and I still find the concepts coming to mind in various situations today. 
  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears by Patrick Lencioni
    • Very quick read (particularly good for consultants, professional services) that encourages a willingness to be vulnerable to build productive client relationships and loyalty. 
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
    • I used to read this every other year, and am due again. Quixote reignites the value of vision and persistence, passion, and self-knowledge, and hope for all the world can be.
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    • Another classic I have read multiple times, it is a beautifully done story with an underlying wisdom towards self-empowerment and believing in your dreams. 

 

Contact Maria at:
Maria.whitman@zs.com
646.824.2012
www.linkedin.com/in/mariawhitman